Athens Highlights Half Day Private Tour

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Athens Half Day Private Tour

From $209.60

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


If you’re short on time but want to see everything that Athens has to offer, take a five-hour tour by private transportation. The day starts with convenient pickup from your hotel and then takes you to the Acropolis, Panepistimiou Street, and much more. Traveling by private car enables you to take advantage of your time. You also have the flexibility to explore each attraction independently or add a licensed guide at an additional coast.
  • Visit the top sights of Athens in five hours
  • Cover more ground in private transportation
  • Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Explore at your own pace

What's Included

  • Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history [Not licensed to accompany you in any site]
  • Hotel/ AirBnb/ Port pick up & drop-off
  • Skip the line Tickets [Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Ancient Agora]
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Airport Pick Up and drop-off [Additional cost]
  • Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost - 280 €]
  • Lunch
  • Museum Ticket [15€pp/ If chosen visited instead of Ancient Agora]

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Pick up time adjustable upon your request.

What To Expect


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Propylaea (Pass By)

Parthenon (Pass By)

Erechtheion (Pass By)

Temple of Athena Nike (Pass By)

Theater of Dionysus (Pass By)

Herod Atticus Odeon (Pass By)

Temple of Olympian Zeus

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Panathenaic Stadium

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hellenic Parliament

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Plateia Syntagmatos (Pass By)

The Academy of Athens (Pass By)

The Academy of Athens (Pass By)

National Library of Greece (Pass By)

Mount Lycabettus

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ancient Agora of Athens

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Acropolis Museum

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside any site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator.
  • Please contact us after your booking if you are using a wheelchair or if you are travelling with infants
  • Tickets Included in the bookings made after 6/11/2023
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:Will my driver accompany us inside the archaeological sites?

A:Your driver will have deep knowledge of history and mythology history, but they are not licensed to accompany you inside the archaeological sites & museum. We can reserve a licenced guide for you at an extra cost - depending on the availability

May 2022

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Traveler Tips

It was a great tour and I highly recommend for folks who have limited time in Athens.
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199 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Best Stop in Europe
Rita_G, Dec 2023
Best private tour ever! Timely stops to all the key places in Athens. Sights, shopping, history, changing of the guards and authentic food! Best stop in Europe!
Perfect experience and amazing customer service.
christy, Oct 2023
Our driver Chris gave us a fabulous day in Athens!! He was so fun and engaging! He was great at showing us all the sights… giving us the time we needed… and keeping us laughing all along the way! They also arranged for Catherine to meet us at the acropolis and giving us a private guided tour with the history we needed to explore the area. We had only one day in Athens… and chris and Catherine made it so meaningful and fun… we felt we got a great taste of Athens!! We were a group of 8 and it was a perfect day! Also we came off a cruise ship and they picked us up at Athens port… made a stop at our hotel to drop luggage… and off we went on the tour. Amazing. The van was a tall sprinter with great air conditioning and plush interior. Loved it. At the end they asked if we had transport to airport… we did not… so they arranged this for us for following morning instead of multiple cabs. GREAT customer service and perfectly on time. We give TEN stars out of 5!!! Highly recommend!
Fantastic Experience!!!
Charles_B, Oct 2023
Our driver/guide George was fantastic! He kept us informed throughout and it was obvious that he knew his subject matter thoroughly.
Fun historical adventure!
Diana_B, Sep 2023
Seeing and learning about the Acropolis was amazing! Elias driver Elias was knowledgeable and made for a relaxing enjoyable tour.
Fantastic Tour!
Heather_M, Sep 2023
What an amazing tour! Our guide was FANTASTIC! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Athens and taught us so much about the city. We highly recommend this tour and tour company. He knew about all of the gems of the city and we were even lucky enough to see the changing of the guard outside of the President's home. It was so quiet and personal and we were lucky to get up so close to see it. Don't miss out on this tour!!
Socrates is Alive!
Toni_K, Sep 2023
Some miscommunication as the company said there was no wheelchair accommodations but the car was more than big enough. The Acropolis also has elevator and wheelchair access, please bring a medical note to get a pass. This wasn’t communicated so one of our party missed the tour. Our tour guide Socrates was amazing though, he took us to the Acropolis and other hidden gems in Athens. We saw the Olympic park, Changing of the guard, went to the highest point in Athens and toured the city. He was knowledgeable and so accommodating b
Awesome Experience!!
Chris_E, Jul 2023
Our tour guide Tas was awesome. He was able to give us great tour of Athens. It was everything we had hoped for from this tour. I highly recommend Tas as a guide.
Excellent guide and day in Athens
Jorge, Jul 2023
GAeorge is an excellent guide, well informed and perfect manners. We will return to Athens soon and seek Viator/ George to carry out our sight seeng experience.
Waste of money
David_C, Jul 2023
This was awful. We were rushed at every stop. Most of the day was waiting in one. The driver knew very little about the area. Viator is awful. You’re better off booking yourself. Then if there’s a problem you might get a refund. Viator will not refund
Excellent personalized tour
Stanley_S, Jul 2023
Thank you Taz for the great tour! Taz was very professional, accommodating to our needs and informative about Athens and the many must see sights! Our pickup at the port of Piraeus, after disembarking our cruise, was perfect. We spent the morning touring all around Athens and he dropped us safely at our hotel. We had to walk to our hotel via a pedestrian-only street and he refused to let us go it alone! Taz insisted on making sure we found our hotel so he parked and walked us down the street to our hotel. He recommended a few places for dinner and offered to make our reservations. We learned a lot about the ancient and recent history of Athens however, I think the best experience we had with Taz was learning about his life, his dog, his fiancé and how daily life is in Greece for him. Thank-you Taz for making our tour of Athens so memorable and informative!!!
Diana_R, Jul 2023
Everything was so awesome! The car was like new, our driver and guide, Andreas, knew his way around Athens and was incredible!! This is a definite must do for anyone visiting Athens! Thank you Andreas for the amazing half day tour of Athens! We hope to see you again!!
Best way to explore Athens in a short amount of time!
Katrina_R, Jul 2023
This was such a great tour! We hit all the stops noted on the tour description, our Australian guide was absolutely fantastic, gave great information of Athens, we got picked up from our hotel on time and got dropped off at the cruise terminal with all our luggage. Our guide had plenty of cold water for us which was much needed after exploring the acropolis. This is a fantastic tour company! I liked how they responded quickly to my emails and they even suggested starting the tour earlier to avoid the crowds. We were a small group of 5 and having a private guide to take us to all the highlights of Athens is the way to go!
Great experience. We highly recommend this tourr
laura_p, Jul 2023
Great experience our guide was very friendly and helpful. He provided us with useful information we needed to know about Athens and gave us enough time to enjoy each stop on our tour.
Super experience.
Pauline_P, Jul 2023
Our guide Stavroula, did a great job, especially with explaining things on a level that the younger children could understand. We received great service, and all were very accommodating and patient with us traveling with three children.
Great guide, Great tour!
Truman_T, Jul 2023
Our tour guide, Andreas, was spectacular! We have 3 kids (3 y/o to 10 y/o), and his energy and enthusiasm kept all of them engaged, entertained, and excited for the tour, which is not an easy accomplishment. He was also very knowledgeable about the local streets and was able to successfully navigate the back streets of Athens, which saved a lot of time. Finally, he was also very knowledgeable about all of the sites we visited and offered useful information for the duration of the tour. Andreas and the tour met our expectations and then exceeded them and I can recommend both without reservation!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for choosing Olive Sea Travel for your holidays and the kind feedback about Andreas! It is always our aim to make your tours in Greece an experience to remember and to meet your expectations. Andreas is a professional driver with great knowledge in Greek history and mythology and very passionate about his job. He is an incredible ambassador of Greece and loves revealing you some of his secrets. All we in Olive Sea Travel try our best to show you Greece we know and love and make you feel like travelers, not tourists. Thank you again for the nice review! Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos
All the hot-spots in a wonderful tour, great for those short on time!
Fabio_T, Jul 2023
If you are short on time, this is an amazing tour to take. Our driver was very knowledgeable and we would often engage in very interesting conversations about many subjects related to the greek culture. We managed to see all the hot-spots in Athens, without feeling rushed. The tour started with the visit to the Acropolis, which prevents you from queueing for ages, as you get to the historical site quite early. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for choosing Olive Sea Travel and for the kind feedback! All we in Olive Sea Travel always try to provide you with services of high quality and to meet your expectations! We will gladly provide you with our services again in the future. Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos
Good day in Athens
Kay_K, Jun 2023
Driver very personable and kind. Knowledgeable about Greece. Personal tour guide was very kind and knowledgeable about history of Greece as well. They did their best to keep us happy
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for choosing Olive Sea Travel and for the kind review! We, as a company, are here to make your vacations easier and nice. All our drivers and licensed tour guides we cooperate with are professional and passionate with their job and customize the tours on your needs. We hope to see you in Greece again! Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos
Great experience!
Prashant_S, Jun 2023
George was really knowledgeable about all the historical places and helped us explore Athens! We were traveling with our 6 month old and he was very flexible and understanding. He also dropped us off at the airport (for an extra charge :) ). Thank you once again, George!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
All we in Olive Sea Travel thank you for the kind review! George, as all our drivers, always tries to make your holidays a unique experience customized on your needs and he is more than willing to share with you his deep knowledge of Greek history and mythology! We will gladly provide you with our personalized services again. Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos
Outstanding Tour
Victoria_T, Jun 2023
George was prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable! He made it easy for us to see all the sites and recommended a wonderful place for lunch as our tour ended. This was a great way to take in all of Athens. Thank you!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
All we in Olive Sea Travel thank you for the kind review! George, as all our drivers, always tries to make your holidays a unique experience customized on your needs. We will gladly provide you with our personalized services again. Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos
Best experience ever!
Teresa_A, Jun 2023
Adonis was a wonderful guide. This was a great way to see places we would have missed if exploring on our own. He was so accommodating and informative, made this the perfect tour!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
All we in Olive Sea Travel thank you for the kind review! Adonis, as all our drivers, always tries to make your holidays a unique experience customized on your needs! We will gladly provide you with our personalized services again. Kind regards, Alexander Petronikolos

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